Our mission

Our mission is to promote recovery by providing a safe, consumer-run alternative for the purpose of socialization, self-help, advocacy, recreation, support, and education. We operate primarily during the time traditional providers of mental health services are closed, such as holidays and Saturdays. We employ consumers of mental health services as staff with the belief that they can provide services for individuals. Our staff provides a safe haven for people, making their own lives more productive and meaningful, while enriching the lives of others.

What we offer

On Our Own of Roanoke Valley, Inc. is a Drop-in Center that strives to improve the quality of life of mental health consumers by sponsoring self-help groups such as “Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) & Dual Recovery Anonymous (DRA) and socialization for mutual support. Activities include Bingo, Chess and Checkers, Card Games, Cook-outs, Pizza parties, Outdoor Recreation, Music Appreciation, Arts and Crafts, Microcomputer Instruction, Holiday Activities, Coffee, Tea, Snacks, and more.
Please come and be with us!
Membership is open to anyone who has spent 48 hours in a psychiatric institution, is on SSI or SSDI, or is presently receiving therapeutic treatment or counseling for a mental disorder. For more information, contact us!

Our company

On Our Own is a non-profit, 501C (3) organization funded by grants, individual donations and fundraising solicitations. All donations are tax deductible. “On Our Own” does not charge a fee for services or activities participation.

In the summer of 1993 several members of the Roanoke Chapter of the Virginia Mental Health Consumers Association (VMHCA) took the initiative to apply for a grant from the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Abuse Services (DMHMRSAS; now known as the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services – DBHDS) to form an association to operate a social drop-in center for mental health consumers. The grant was awarded effective October 1, 1993. “On Our Own” Drop-In Center opened its doors on November 16, 1993 at a site on Day Ave.